It Happened in Key West Tickets London Theatre

It Happened in Key West Tickets

3 (1) · Musicals

The romantic comedy musical is inspired by shocking true events that rocked the tiny island of Key West in the 1930s.

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After decades of searching for the dream girl of his boyhood visions, eccentric scientist Carl finally finds Elena, only to lose the young beauty to the fatal disease of tuberculosis. But for Carl, the eternal optimist, death is only the beginning. He steals Elena's body from the graveyard and takes her home, embarking on the most ambitious fixer upper project in history as he tries to bring his beloved back to life.

Outrageous, funny and deeply moving, this musical will make you re-examine what you believe about love, loyalty and commitment (either to a person or an asylum…)

Critic reviews

This Polished New Musical Will Put You At Ease... Before Freaking You Out

· Londonist

A bizarre, true tale of body-snatching and undying love

· Evening Standard

A bizarre adaptation of a true story about stalking, illness, grave robbing, necrophilia and amateur mummification, done in the style of a light romantic musical. Utterly strange

· Everything Theatre

This may not be right up there with the so-bad-it's-good musical disasters but it's not far off. It's amiable but inept, well-meaning but synthetic

· WhatsOnStage

Perhaps the best thing about It Happened in Key West is that it provides its own metaphor: obsessively patched up by people who should know better, this is a work that, if we’re being honest, is dead on arrival

· Musical Theatre Review

Alexander Barria is in typically fine voice and contributes some nicely defined cameos and Alyssa Martyn sings with all the sweetness and gusto you could wish from a dead lover

· London Box Office

In the programme, it's claimed that the show is the product of seven years of hard work - strange then, that director Marc Robin is so unclear about how he wants to tell this macabre but compelling story

Broadway World

There are jaunty tunes and fine performances but this musical about mummification starts to decompose halfway through

· The Guardian

Engagingly strange new musical in which the many strengths are undone by a misjudged ending

· The Stage
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Wed 4 Jul - Sat 18 Aug, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


The Arches, Villiers Street WC2N 6NL London, UK · Get Directions
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